McCorkle with Bass and Hestand

Alvn head softball coach David McCorkle (center) is congratulated by Alvin ISD athletic director Michael Bass (left) and associate AD Jimmy Hestand (right) after picking up career victory No. 500 Friday night at Lady Jacket Field. In 20 plus seasons, McCorkle has compiled an impressive .743 winning percentage also with other coaching stops at Clements and Pearland Dawson.

(Photo courtesy of Alvin ISD)

Alvin High School’s David McCorkle reached another milestone in his high school softball coaching career, picking up career win No. 500 last weekend here during the Haynie Spirit Tournament.

After McCorkle’s Lady Yellowjackets opened both their season and 23-6A play with a 16-0 victory over Elsik on Feb. 24, Alvin posted tourney wins over North Shore (15-0), Katy Cy Lakes (6-3), Humble (15-0) and Chef of Baton Rouge (29-0) to help McCorkle reach the magic 500 plateau, while the Lady Jackets followed with victories over HYCA (6-2) and Cy Woods.

“Every kid that has played for me has a piece of that 500,” McCorkle said following the Baton Rouge contest. “It’s not even for me. It’s the kids and the people I work with that represents it. And parents, we wouldn’t be here without you all.”

“Any coach can vouch that you don’t get to any win at all without great people around it. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and a wonderful family of softball. I can never forget the coaches who have made me better.”

McCorkle has compiled an impressive 502-176 career coaching mark (.743 winning percentage) over 20 years with other stops coming at Clements (2000-2012) and at Pearland Dawson (2012-2015). Along with a 43-25 postseason record, the Northeastern State University Graduate’s teams have also won 10 district championships, advanced to the playoffs as the district runner-up eight times, made three appearances in the regional finals, seven in the region semifinals and nine in the region quarterfinals.

The Lady Rangers advanced to the playoffs during all of McCorkle’s 12 years at the Fort Bend School, while Dawson competed in postseason play during his initial two seasons at the helm.

“I’m just lucky to drive the ship,” McCorkle added. “The ship is built right and has great people on it. I don’t plan on stopping at 500. We got about 30 more this year to take care of. Every milestone has a special group to it and I wish all last year’s seniors were here, because obviously they had a huge piece of that.”

Other tournament highlights for Alvin during the weekend included Kanoe Cleland tossing a no-hitter in the pitching circle against Humble and Reagan Jones belting a game-ending grand slam and driving in five runs against Baton Rouge.

Allie Armstrong also earned a  pitching victory against Cy Lakes with Kamryn De Leon and Roni Harrison drove in four runs apiece against Baton Rouge.

The Lady Jackets next resume 23-6A play at Pearland Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.

Lady Mavs win two at Haynie Spirit - The Manvel Lady Mavericks picked up a pair of wins during the Haynie Spirit Tourney on Thursday at home.

Manvel blanked Chef of Baton Rouge in their first game behind three RBI’s by Riley Bennett, Katie Bishop and Skylar Mueller, while a 4-3 triumph over HYCA featured three hits by Haley Ratcliff and two Bennett RBI’s.

The Lady Mavs, who next host Baytown Sterling Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., then opened 22-5A on Friday, dropping a narrow 2-0 decision to Santa Fe.

Shadow Creek split its first games at the Haynie Spirit Tourney, topping Klein Collins 8-2 and falling to Katy 10-5. Moriah Polar had four hits for the Lady Sharks in the win over Klein.

The Lady Sharks next play at Pearland Dawson Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.

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